Thursday, July 25, 2013

Still waiting to move...

Well, the house is almost completely packed.  Well, it feels like that since my living room is stacked full of boxes and my kitchen is completely done.  (Except for one drawer of silverware)  The garage is even more packed with boxes than the living room!

We were supposed to close escrow yesterday, but still no news.  Waiting for the buyer's lender to release funds so that we can close on the Three Rivers property.  It's really coming down to the count.  We are scheduled to move next Friday and I have to be back to work on the following Monday!  That means that I will be in school most of next week getting my room ready.  I'm having a hard time getting motivated to do anything at school because all I can focus on is moving.

Here's what's left of my sewing room...

And this will be my new sewing room!  Unfortunately, there really aren't any walls in this room.  Every wall has either cabinets or windows.  The one wall that has a bit of space happens to have a water spigot near the bottom, so you can't put anything against that wall.  I may put my folding cutting table in front of that.
It looks kind of HUGE in the picture, and it is huge for a laundry room, but when I think of setting up a table and machines, I don't think it is actually as big as it looks in these pictures.  The cabinet you see in the back corner behind the exercise equipment will be my fabric cabinet.  It is actually smaller than the one I have now, but deeper.    The shelves arent very wide, but they are probably 24" deep, so I will have to find a way to fold my fabric differently to get it to fit and so that I can see everything.
Also, I am going to have to store the dog and cat food containers in here since leaving food outside attracts bears and raccoons.  There is a small closet on the back patio and I'm wondering if it would be safe to keep the dry food in there.  I will have to ask the neighbors what they think.  Any of you have experience with storing dry animal food in an area where bears sometimes visit?  They say they havent seen any this year, but usually do have bears come into their yards a couple of times during the summer.  Summer's not over yet and its been a really dry summer for us.  I won't be surprised to see some bears in August.

We have decided to paint the new house before we move in.  Who knew that painting was SO expensive!  It would have been cheaper for me to take two months off of work and do it myself!!  Still, I think I would be too afraid to paint the ceiling of a two story house!
We are painting the majority of the house the tan color with the cream colored ceilings and trim (trim now is bright white and baseboards are black.  Walls are currently a very light peachy-buff color.)  We are going to paint the master bedroom and bath the sea salt color, which is a light greenish blue - the color doesn't look right on my monitor.  The tan is also lighter than shown on my monitor.  Anyway, I'm hoping the painters will be done by the time we move in.  It's going to be a close call.

Since school is starting so soon, it is going to take me forever to unpack.  I wish I could stay home for another month and upack everything, set up my sewing room, and get to work sewing!  As I've said before, summer is usually my most productive sewing time and all I did this summer in that regard was to mend a quilt until I decided it was too far gone and will go to good will on the next trip.  

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

It's been a month - today is Tuesday.

And today is the first time I have even looked at a blog - let alone written on one.  Needless to say, life has been busy packing, packing, and packing.
Hubby and I and another couple went to Cabo earlier this month.  I have always wanted to go to Cabo, but maybe my expectations were too high.  I love Mazatlan, but Cabo was just a little to "Westernized" for me.  I didn't feel safe to walk on the beach at night.  It was noisy.  Everywhere.  All the time.

  We still had a great time and my new favorite drink is a mojito (can't believe I hadn't tried one yet!)  Unfortunately, the last few days of my trip were bad.  Tuesday we were supposed to go on a dinner cruise, but the weather was stormy and it got cancelled.  We rescheduled for Thursday.  Wednesday was overcast and windy, but the weather was good by Thursday.  Unfortunately, I woke up feeling a little sick to my stomach.  Since this is a common occurrence
 for me, I didn't think much about it.  Well, to make a long story short, I ended up with a fever, terrible Montezuma's Revenge, low BP, dehydration and landed in the hospital on Friday morning.  Fortunately, the hospital was very nice and clean.  Unfortunately, they did not want to let me leave and I had a plane to catch.  I figured that if I was going to be in a hospital, I would rather do it in CA than in Mexico.   In Mexico (or at least where I was) when they don't want you to leave, they just keep stalling.  No one says "Hey, we're not letting you out of here!"  Nope.  It's "Oh, the doctor is in surgery"  "Someone is on their way with your paperwork"  "You must show us you can eat before you can be released" (This was a challenge since I hadn't eaten since Wednesday and it was now Saturday.)  Finally, I had to get dressed and walk out the door before they would get my prescriptions and give me a bill.  Unfortunately, the bill was over $2000 and I had to pay it before I left (I was afraid of those notorious Mexican jails!)  Apparently, I had an amoebic infection and am still battling it unfortunately, but feeling MUCH better.  So now, you can see why I have no desire to go back to Mexico any time soon - hahaha!

On the other hand, I have been super anxious to sew.  Every time I look at my machine I want to stop everything and get to it!  Well, yesterday, I was trying to mend a quilt for my son .  As it turned out,  it may not be worth mending.  I discovered this after putting on about 10 patches and realizing that it probably needs about 20 more plus a new binding.  This may be going to the homeless shelter.  Anyway, during the process of this, my machine decided it needed to go to the hospital!  So, I guess after ten I will take it in to the shop and remove the temptation from myself.  I keep telling myself "There will be plenty of time to sew after you move"  but there really won't be.  School starts the second week in August, which means I have to be there the first week.  I am determined to find a way!!

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

My little grand daughter has something called "Periodic Fever."  This means that she gets fevers often.  This also means that she has come to hate Tylenol and has even learned how to not let anyone get a Tylenol suppository into her!  Her fevers get high, so we don't want to leave them untreated.  Today, I am making Tylenol Popsicles.

(This is her normal face on the left - her little fever face on the right)

I found the pop molds at my local Rite Aid for a buck.  Bought 2.  I filled each mold about 1/2 full with juice and added the correct amount of Tylenol to the molds. I am using cherry flavored tylenol with pomegranate "juice".   I used a knife to stir it.  I'm putting these in the freezer for 30 minutes and then stirring to make sure it doesn't separate.  I also want the majority of the tylenol to be in the end she eats first incase it starts melting before she eats it all.  After I stir these again, I will fill them up with juice and place in the holders.  I sure hope this works!
The pops that you see on the right of the ones I am making are Pedialyte pops - I didn't have to make those!  BTW, today I discovered Children's Tylenol soft-melts.  She actually ate one of those - it looks like we're on the right track!!